If you travel to the Champaign County town of Gifford, you will still find destroyed homes and trees snapped like twigs by a tornado last November. After a long, bitter winter, people are working to put the community back together.
This week, Gov. Pat Quinn gave a keynote speech at a forum in Washington, D.C. on natural disasters. The governor says Illinois has suffered a record-number of incidents in recent years, and yet the state has come up short when it's sought help from the federal government.
More than 30 inches of snow have fallen on Champaign-Urbana this winter. Too often in this weather, property owners neglect shoveling city sidewalks. That can make it nearly impossible for some people to get around safely, including those who use a wheelchair or have trouble seeing well.
With the country slowly digging itself out of recession, some of his legislative priorities buried under Washington's partisanship and his approval ratings at some of their lowest levels, President Obama called for "a year of action" during his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday.